So I’m a week or so into my month-long mini-break from running (well, training rather than running) and these are the things that have occurred to me.
The Bad Things about a break.
1) Lethargy. No morning running has definitely made me slower, lazier and sleepier. How does that work?
2) Aimlessness. I’m still running, but I feel so aimless about it. How far should I run today? Which route should I take? Fast or slow? Maybe I’ll go tomorrow after all. Decisions that don’t matter and instead of feeling chilled about it, I’m finding it unpleasant.
3) Getting fatter. I have an amazing capacity to over-eat and unfortunately, running less means eating less. After just one week, I’ve put on a few pounds but more importantly, I feel flabby and bloated.
4) Nothing to buy. Last week I was in the neighbourhood of my running shop so I popped in…and needed NOTHING. My husband will be delighted and I know this really is a good thing but it was weird not even needing any gels or any Nuun. I made the poor guys talk to me about new running shoes, which I won’t need for a month or two, just so I could look at some shiny new gear to think about.
5) Blogging. Because this blog is surely much less exciting now I’m not training for anything.
The Good Things about a break.
1) Sleep. More sleep. Sleeping a little later in the morning. Not having to wait till the crack of dawn to get some miles in. Lingering in bed with my boys and a cup of tea. Definitely beats running.
2) No more treadmills. I salute you, treadmill regulars. Because I am SO glad I don’t need to use those things any more!
3) Running with friends. I loved running with my family this weekend, not worrying about pace or distance but just enjoying the company.
4) The itch to train again
And I have it SO badly!!! This is what I’m doing this rest for. After my marathon in 2004, I was so aimless and so tired that I stopped running altogether for about six years. After Healdsburg, I was tired so I wanted this break to stop me losing my zip altogether. And it’s working. I’m itching to start training again.
The good news is that the Brother-in-Law (hereafter known as the Bro) has accepted his 40th birthday challenge to run a 4 mile race on 10th Nov…so we’re on!!! I’m really excited about training again.
Now…I obviously need some carbs!